Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Offering by Kimberly Derting

Published: December 2013
Publisher: Margaret K Elderry
Pages: 336
Copy Provided by: ARC from publisher
Summary: Goodreads

True love—and world war—is at stake in the conclusion to The Pledge trilogy, a dark and romantic blend of dystopia and fantasy.
Charlie, otherwise known as Queen Charlaina of Ludania, has become comfortable as a leader and a ruler. She’s done admirable work to restore Ludania’s broken communications systems with other Queendoms, and she’s mastered the art of ignoring Sabara, the evil former queen whose Essence is alive within Charlie. Or so she thinks.

When the negotiation of a peace agreement with the Queendom of Astonia goes awry, Charlie receives a brutal message that threatens Ludania, and it seems her only option is to sacrifice herself in exchange for Ludanian freedom.

But things aren’t always as they seem. Charlie is walking into a trap—one set by Sabara, who is determined to reclaim the Queendoms at any cost.

I was SOOO excited to get the ARC from the publisher!  But I waited until the new year to read this title because I wanted the time to savor it...and savor it I did.  Kimberly Derting is one of my favorite authors out there.  She is like a diamond in the rough when it comes to writing style and originality in the themes she chooses.  I would highly recommend her Body Finder series if you have tried The Pledge and enjoyed it.  

The Offering is the 3rd book in the The Pledge series and opens up with a fairly brutal scene.  It was definitely more violent than I remember the first two books to be.  There seems to be more action in this last title than the rest and Charlie begins to strengthen her physical abilities.  

While in the book she did seem to want to be a stronger leader, I often questioned some of her decisions.  In one scene she leaves the palace to meet up with Elena.  It felt so WRONG!!  
**end spoiler!!**

Now, if you have been following this series, can you help me out here?  I can't remember what Charlie's inherited power is??  Does anyone remember?  I know she was powerful enough to keep Sabara under control but is that her power?

So in conclusion, this is the second series that Ms. Derting has written that I absolutely loved.  I liked it so much that I wanted to stand up and clap at the end of the novel.  Throughout the story I really had no idea how Sabara would ever be defeated.  I loved how things turned out.  I never expected things to evolve the way they did.  I am tempted to re-read the first two novels just to watch the character development all over again...and of course remember what Charlie's power is...jeesh! Now that is going to bug me all day.   Read it. Love it and tweet/comment to me about how much you did!

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